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Strikeout: Mickelson won't be part of Padres owners

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Apparently the San Diego Padres won’t have a new left-hander in the bullpen, after all.

Phil Mickelson said Tuesday night that he has withdrawn his interest in becoming part of the new ownership group of his hometown MLB team.

“I think to be involved with the Padres you have to be fully committed to the long term,” Mickelson said, via Tod Leonard of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I’ve been born and raised here, but at this moment I’m not able to make that kind of long-term commitment to the city and to the team.”

According to the report, Mickelson informed the Padres ownership group “within the last six weeks” of his decision.

In October, Mickelson was quoted as saying: “There are a lot of variables. It’s the timing of everything as it relates to my career, how that will work over time – how we’ll work through that and so forth. All of that stuff plays into the whole relationship. We just want to have a clear understanding.”

This news came out Tuesday night while Mickelson was at Torrey Pines to discuss his renovation plans for the North Course.

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